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Medical waste management practices in a Southern African hospital

Medical waste management practices in a Southern African hospital Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the medical waste management practices of a hospital in Southern Africa. Design/methodology/approach – A case study methodology was utilised. Findings – The results revealed that the hospital does not quantify medical waste. Segregation of medical waste into infectious waste and non‐infectious waste is not conducted according to definite rules and standards. Separation of medical waste and municipal waste is however practiced to a satisfactory extent. Wheeled trolleys are used for on‐site transportation of waste. Off‐site transportation of waste is outsourced to a private firm. Incineration is used in the final disposal of infectious waste. Non‐infectious waste is disposed using land disposal method. There is no policy and plan in place for managing medical waste. A number of problems were identified with respect to medical waste management. Originality/value – The paper gives recommendations with the aim of improving medical waste management in hospitals. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0952-6862
DOI
10.1108/09526860810880153
pmid
18785461
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the medical waste management practices of a hospital in Southern Africa. Design/methodology/approach – A case study methodology was utilised. Findings – The results revealed that the hospital does not quantify medical waste. Segregation of medical waste into infectious waste and non‐infectious waste is not conducted according to definite rules and standards. Separation of medical waste and municipal waste is however practiced to a satisfactory extent. Wheeled trolleys are used for on‐site transportation of waste. Off‐site transportation of waste is outsourced to a private firm. Incineration is used in the final disposal of infectious waste. Non‐infectious waste is disposed using land disposal method. There is no policy and plan in place for managing medical waste. A number of problems were identified with respect to medical waste management. Originality/value – The paper gives recommendations with the aim of improving medical waste management in hospitals.

Journal

International Journal of Health Care Quality AssuranceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 13, 2008

Keywords: Waste disposal; Hospitals; Risk management; South Africa

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